Okay so I've finally gotten a chance to post pictures of my first real rig! Also I posted this on the other forum but wanted to share here
Last month I walked into my local GC and found an amp that I really dug. I came back a few days later with my jam buddies and they gave me their blessing haha. Put down a deposit and had to wait 3 weeks until I could actually purchase it due to GC policy
After about a week surfing craigslist I found an awesome deal on a cabinet to go with it. Had to drive an hour and half there and then back again but I'd say it was worth the trouble because I got it cheap
Not much of a pic story or unboxing but here I am along the way to pick up the cabinet (Sorry for crappy pics)
FUUUUUUUUU SUN JUST WANT MY HALFSTACKZ
and hear it iz!
frontal with guitar!
All pictures: Halfstack pictures by SpartanV - Photobucket
Well first thing I've got to say... is this thing is WAY too loud for my room! The 480w B-52 cab's speakers don't tend to really break up til volume 3 and thats with the gain at like 8 haha! It's definitely shaking the out of my walls! First time I turned it on, mind you at volume 2, my parents started screaming at me from downstairs The first actual time I got to crank it, I put the volume at 3.5 and the gain close to full for a few min and my ears were buzzin a bit!
Unfortunately I've only gotten a few times to crank it in my room and have yet to get together with my buddies and jam... but I really can't wait! I'll be pairing this 300w beast against a Randall RH200 halfstack with the matching cab and I think the two will mix with each other pretty well. This cabinet is like 96ish lbs and is no fun to move but luckily it still has the original casters and I have friends!
I want to find an ISP Decimator (possibly MXR smart gate?) to make this thing totally quiet and get that ghostly silence between start and stop chugs, but I'm gonna wait til I can test it at jam practice w/o the gate first.
I was thinking about a boost or even using an old 10-band MXR EQ pedal I've got, but it already sounds pretty good to me when its at a good volume. Though I figure it wouldn't hurt to get the lows even tighter and smooth out some of the high end Dimebag-fizz
Unfortunately... I'm pretty sure the FX loop is broken... unless I'm doing something wrong but I don't think I am. Everytime I plug something into the FX loop send/return there is a really loud buzzing and the volume is pretty much gone and I have to crank it to get anything out of it. The manual on Randall's website says the loop is a "stereo" loop and I can't figure out if this means it's a parallel or series loop Does anyone know what a stereo loop is?
I've tried using my POD XT's gate and comp in the loop but that is laughable I even borrowed my dad's DBX 266XL compressor/gate and that still had an annoying buzz and lowww volume. Do you guys think the loop is broken or do you think the power in my wall is just shitty with interference? I've tried plugging everything into a good surge protector too If it is indeed broken... I have about a week left to return the head within the 30 day period or try to make Guitar Center repair it... or I can go to the local amp repair guy. Thoughts?
I'll most likely upgrade the cabinet first but for now I am happy with the sound of the amp and enjoy it's old school vibe. I'd like to make sure the FX loop works and keep it until I can afford something nicer.
Those are the "nicer" B52 cabs for what it's worth... They're actually pretty solidly built. I threw some Eminence speakers into mine, sounds great.
As for the loop, make sure it's wired right, the FX send should go to the 'input' of the pedal, and the 'output' of the pedal should go to the return. If it's wired right, take it back to GC and have them take a look at it. (also, check your cables just to be sure)